Paul Ryan Just Let Fly About Donald Trump

The political fallout is only just beginning.

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Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement Friday night condemning Donald Trump’s 2005 comments about groping women. Ryan said he was “sickened” by the video, published by The Washington Post on Friday evening, and said the GOP nominee would no longer join him for an event Saturday morning:

Earlier, Trump dismissed the video as “locker room banter” and claimed Bill Clinton has said “far worse” things.

Also this evening, 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney weighed in:

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